PRE-K/K DEMONSTRATION PROGRAM

CONSULTANT/CONTACT :: Carla Garrett

The North Carolina Department of Public Instruction’s Office of Early Learning provides opportunities for guided observation visits to inclusive preschool and kindergarten classrooms. Across the state, NC teacher leaders implement and model effective practices for working with a diverse population of preschool and kindergarten age children.

The guiding mission of the NC Pre-K/K Demonstration program is to lead by modeling, sharing, promoting, and articulating effective learning environments, curricula, and instructional practices to ensure optimal learning and development for all children.

Supporting teachers in the early grades to balance what is known about how young children grow, learn, and develop with the numerous curricula, assessments and growing expectations of children is one of the most important aspects of the demonstration program. At this time, there are 14 demonstration classrooms representing a variety of geographically and economically diverse communities.

This demonstration program serves as a professional development opportunity for anyone working with or on behalf of young children. The typical visitors/observers include preschool and kindergarten teachers, teacher assistants, principals, directors, child care professionals and school system central office administration. The project also focuses on strengthening connections with faculty and students at universities, colleges and community colleges, by serving as training sites for preschool and kindergarten pre-service teachers.

The demonstration teacher leaders offer authentic opportunities for visitors to observe best practice in action in their own classrooms and in other venues, including:

  • Guided observation sessions and facilitated discussion with teachers and administrators
  • Additional follow up, professional development, and technical assistance
  • Presentations at state and national conferences including NAEYC and NCaeyc, states who are working on pre-k and kindergarten reform, and local and state boards of education.

Click here for NC Demonstration Program Guided Observations


Click here for Demo program featured in national publication.